David Charles Manners is co-founder of a registered charity, Sarvashubhamkara, its Sanskrit name meaning 'he who does good to all'. For ease of pronunciation outside India, the abbreviated name of Sarva is used.
With no political or religious affiliations, Sarva seeks out and undertakes small-scale medical, educational and social welfare projects amongst the most underprivileged and disenfranchised people of the Indian subcontinent. Many recipients of Sarva's work are affected by the stigma of leprosy.
One of the charity's primary principles is that not one penny donated is lost to salaries, administration or travel costs. It is thus that all contributions have a direct impact on the quality of someone else's life - on the level of their pain, on the extent of their isolation, and on the opportunity for them to change the course of their lives in ways they could not have previously dared to believe.
In the Shadow of Crows recounts the journeys of both David and a woman named Bindra afflicted by leprosy, whose meeting led to the founding of Sarva. If you would like to learn more and spread the word, you may buy a copy of the book by clicking here.